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Virginians mobilize to help fellow hurricane victims

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Dominion and the Red Cross are turning its attention to the northeast, as relief work needed due to Sandy's impact in Central Virginia comes to a close.

Dominion Virginia Power had nearly all power restored by Tuesday evening in Central Virginia, and expects to have most power restored by Thursday in Northern Virginia. 

However, millions remain without power in the northeast and dozens have died as a result of the storm.

Governor Bob McDonnell has personally spoken to the governors in New Jersey and New York, in addition to several other states. He's working with emergency response centers to see what Virginians can do to help.

Dominion crews are also packed and ready to assist, wherever the aid is needed most.

"Those restoration times are going to be a multi-day event," Dominion spokeswoman, Alison Kaufmann explained. "We're in it for the long haul in New England to help those customers come back on."

Meanwhile, hundreds of crews already on their way to Virginia were told to keep going.

"We had crews coming in today that were coming in to help support us.," said Kaufmann. "So we had those restoration crews head up North."

The Red Cross is also readying crews to head north and assist in the recovery effort.

"It's going to be a lot of work to man the shelters," said Reggie Gordon, CEO of the American Red Cross Virginia Capitol Region. "In fact, I think there are 11,000 people throughout our network and 250 shelters and that's across 16 states."

Already, Red Cross volunteers like Jim Schillinger are packing bags and signing up to help.

"There's total devastation," said Jim Schillinger describing the scene up north. Schillinger is a volunteer with the Red Cross and  Disaster Supervisor Specialist/Coordinator for the Virginia South side region.

"It's not the issue of, 'oh, my power will be out for a week.' It's, 'my power will be out for weeks' and your whole life changes."

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